Daycare.com Forum Daycare Forum

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Curriculum

Curriculum Post any curriculum ideas, activites or projects that wouldbe helpful to our Daycare community. What is your teaching philosophy?

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-08-2011, 02:03 PM
kcnjason's Avatar
kcnjason kcnjason is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 190
Default Afternoon Activities

We are very busy throughout the morning, until lunch and then after clean-up we read a story, have a little bit of down time and then they rest until 2:30-3:00ish. I have a few kids that leave soon after nap is over but I have a few that are here until 5ish. I like to keep them busy, meaning that if they ask for their mommy they aren't busy enough, they need something to do. What do you do with your kids from 3-5ish? What do you get them busy doing?

Last edited by Michael; 09-08-2011 at 02:06 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-08-2011, 02:26 PM
momofsix's Avatar
momofsix momofsix is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: michigan
Posts: 1,842
Default

If it's nice, we're outside. If we're inside it's almost always playdough, but also coloring, freeplay...we try to keep the mess down so I don't have a ton to clean up when they leave
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-26-2011, 12:23 PM
athomemommy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I have the same problem we have a busy box. With table activities. puzzles, cutting tracing, building, ect. things that are around the kitchen so I can fix dinner and pick up.

We also go outside after nap and snack. Even if it is not nice out. We spend a great deal of our day exploring. but around 4-430 clean up and table time.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-26-2011, 01:35 PM
Heidi's Avatar
Heidi Heidi is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 6,858
Default

If we go outside, I like to keep them there until parents come at 4:45. That way, we don't have to go through the ordeal of getting 5 under 5 ready for outside again. Shoes, coats, running, screaming...4 of 5 are sibs, and the oldest ones are the worst!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-27-2011, 06:29 AM
SilverSabre25's Avatar
SilverSabre25 SilverSabre25 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Where I am legally unlicensed ;), USA
Posts: 7,625
Default

I am seriously ()<--- this close to making the time between afternoon snack (3:30-3:45) and pick-ups (generally by 4:30-4:45) TV time!

But since I'm pretty much a "no TV" daycare I can't, or rather, shouldn't.

Honestly it's my toughest time of the day. I try to keep the play quiet and calm if/when I can, for my own sanity and desire to not have 20 minutes of cleaning to do after they're picked up!

I have thought of buying some cool new toys to get out, one per day, after snack until pick-up time, but I have no idea what that ought to be. I gotta do something to ease that time between snack and going home.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-27-2011, 08:49 AM
hoopinglady's Avatar
hoopinglady hoopinglady is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 248
Default in theory

we are supposed to do a planned activity after nap clean up and snack.

M: cooking activity
T: music and movement (organized)
W: craft or puppet making
TH: music and movement again
F: a construction activity

This hasn't really played out in reality because I have not been as prepared as I should be. Sounds good though, huh?

I will definitely need to do this during the winter when taking them outside isn't as much an option. a planned activity would use a good amount of the time. I'd probably use tv more in the winter afternoons too....or sometimes we do dance parties or freeze dance.

Many times we clean up the playrooms, get shoes on and things together and go play on the porch until pick up.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-27-2011, 03:02 PM
daycare's Avatar
daycare daycare is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Mars
Posts: 16,021
Default

I use my afternoons for project time. we paint, make crafts and towards the end of the day we color in the color books just to kill some time.

I love doing reading and puppet shows during pick up. the parents come in pick up and I wave good-bye!!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-27-2011, 05:05 PM
hoopinglady's Avatar
hoopinglady hoopinglady is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by daycare View Post
I use my afternoons for project time. we paint, make crafts and towards the end of the day we color in the color books just to kill some time.

I love doing reading and puppet shows during pick up. the parents come in pick up and I wave good-bye!!
Great idea! Sometimes I feel badly because I didn't have/make time to read to them outside of before nap time.

This could be a great designated time. Thanks!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
activities, afternoon - activities

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Afternoon Sleepies Country Kids Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 5 06-08-2012 01:51 PM
DCM Asking If I Was Still Doing Educational Activities MNMum Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12 06-07-2012 10:48 AM
Organizing Daily Lesson Plans kcnjason Curriculum 5 02-28-2011 10:33 AM
School Agers - Activities AfterSchoolMom New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 8 08-21-2010 01:01 PM
Doing Activities tenderhearts Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 4 03-02-2010 03:17 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:28 PM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming